Written by Maria Fernandez, CNN Anna Marie De La Fuente, CNN
Time-lapse films capture what happens when a camera is set up for a specific period of time. The video above showcases Ford Motor Company’s (founded in 1903) Model A, which was instrumental in turning the company into the second-largest automaker in the world by the early 1930s.
By the time the Model A was released in 1935, Ford had established itself as a major player in American road construction and transportation. It first entered the world of high speed racing in 1935. The time-lapse film documents the Model A during those years. The film was put together with footage shot by Ford’s chauffeur Roy Epperson.
The film has had a number of productions since its creation in 1946, and was displayed last year as part of a traveling exhibit organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
If you’re in California this weekend and want to view it now, go to moma.sf.edu
A Time-Lapse With Ford Model A at the State of California Fair, 1954 Credit: MIKE MAIO
Ford Motors holds the records for creating the world’s fastest car and the world’s smallest car — both of which were shot for the movie “Tegas.” The company’s take on the elephant, built in 1957, was also the fastest and smallest production vehicle ever made. The vehicle was built on a Ford compact platform, very similar to the one used to build the Model A.
The Ford Model A was also Ford’s precursor to the 1960 Ford Mustang, the world’s most profitable vehicle for the company.